Eating Disorder Specialist

Genesis New Beginning

Psychologists & Therapists located in Orange County, Huntington Beach, CA

It’s estimated that up to 30 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. And, more often than not, eating disorders come with other mental health issues. At Genesis New Beginning, the team of mental health experts understands eating disorders and the problems that often accompany them and works with their patients in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California, to find long-lasting solutions. If you or a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder, call or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Eating Disorder Q & A

Genesis New Beginning

What are the most common eating disorders?

Eating disorders come in many different forms, among them:

Anorexia nervosa

This eating disorder is most commonly found in teens and young adults and more women fall victim than men. With anorexia nervosa, you view yourself as overweight, even when you’re dangerously underweight, and you severely limit your food intake. This disorder is often accompanied by obsessive-compulsive disorders that dictate your eating habits.

Bulimia nervosa

This type of eating disorder also afflicts young women more than any other group and is characterized by binge eating. After binge eating, you may attempt to purge the food through vomiting, laxatives, or strenuous exercise.

Binge eating

The hallmarks of binge eating may seem similar to bulimia, but it differs in that sufferers don’t find ways to purge after an episode. Binge eaters usually eat in secret and until they’re overly full, displaying a lack of control over food. Most binge eaters are overweight or obese.

Pica

This condition describes a person’s compulsion to eat things that aren’t food and are potentially dangerous to their health. These substances may include soap, dirt, paper, hair, and many other non-food items.

There are many other types of eating disorders, but these represent the lion’s share. 

What are the symptoms of an eating disorder?

If you suspect you or a loved one has an eating disorder, you should watch out for signs that signal an abnormal relationship with food, as well as body image problems. Some of the most common behavioral signs of an eating disorder include:

  • Obsessive calorie counting and dieting
  • Refusal to eat
  • Mood swings
  • Excessive food rituals
  • Preoccupation with weight

On the physical side, look for:

  • Weight fluctuations — either extremely under- or overweight
  • Hair loss
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Dental problems
  • Weakness

These symptoms and warning signs are only a small representation of what can happen to the body, as eating disorders can have a widespread effect on a person’s behavior and physical health.

How are eating disorders treated?

At Genesis New Beginning, the eating disorder specialists come up with a treatment plan tailored to each person, but typically includes:

  • Therapy three times a week
  • Case management
  • Nutrition evaluation
  • Group therapy
  • Continuing assessments

The expert team understands the impact that an eating disorder can have and ensures that every angle is covered to ensure the mental and physical health of each patient.

If you’d like to learn more about effectively treating eating disorders, call Genesis New Beginning or fill out the form on this website to schedule a consultation.